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Changes are coming for the Pentagon's 'tape test' and body composition policies

from Military Times

The Pentagon expects to have a decision on changes to the dreaded "tape test" by next summer, potentially overhauling one of the main ways it evaluates service members' fitness and body composition. The tape test has been widely criticized as a method that is inaccurate and unfairly penalizes people with certain body types. Failure to meet the services' body composition standards can result in involuntary separation. "The department is actively working closely with the services on this issue and we expect to have results we can discuss in late spring or early summer," said Pentagon spokeswoman Lt. Col. Carla Gleason. "Body composition standards are an important issue for the department, but currently all of the discussions are pre-decisional." more


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